velvetpage: (Default)
[personal profile] velvetpage
That is, "Squarely in the red." It's the slogan for the student strikers (now morphing into a nationwide movement) protesting against the raising of tuition fees and the accumulation of debt that it will cause.

Last night across Canada and in a few international locations, protesters gathered to bang on pots and pans, as people are doing in the streets of Montreal and Quebec, and make noise to show their support. The spark that turned the student protest into a general one was the special law 78, which suspends a variety of civil liberties in Quebec. A couple of days ago, lawyers protested in Montreal, walking out of court wearing their robes to stand against the law. To the best of anyone's knowledge, that has never happened before.

I was down at Gore Park in Hamilton last night. I had enough time to fire off an email to my NDP contacts yesterday afternoon, and at least one person saw it and came who otherwise wouldn't have known it was happening. Other than that, I marched with the small teachers' contingent, complete with the union flags - the only ones in attendance. As I remarked to them, there was a bit of déjà vu and a bit of prophecy when we stopped on the lawn of the Board of Education building for speeches. We all know we'll be marching there next year again.

Since I was near the front of the march, my picture was taken dozens of times. I think I need to make sure I get my hands on a newspaper today.

The protest was entirely peaceful, at least up to the point where I headed home. No violence or threat of violence was in evidence.

A quick shout-out to the police in Hamilton: there were about four police on bicycles helping to marshall and direct traffic. They did an excellent job - they didn't get in our way, they didn't try to stop us, they just made sure everyone was safe and that there was no damage to property or passers-by. I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
From:
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

June 2017

S M T W T F S
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags